Did You Know 2022

Did You Know There Are Risks to Running Your Own Master Computer?

Authored by David Carroll 

When running a pharmacy, it’s important to keep your IT systems running smoothly and securely. However, managing your own pharmacy server can be a daunting task, and it can pose several risks that you may not be aware of. 

The Risks Of Managing Your Own Server 

One of the biggest risks of managing your own pharmacy server is the potential for data breaches or cyber attacks. Without proper security measures in place, your pharmacy’s data could be vulnerable to hackers or other threat actors. You will need to make sure the security measures are able to protect against todays advanced threats, are kept up to date and ensure that your server is patched regularly to address any vulnerabilities. This can be a time-consuming and challenging task, especially if you’re not an IT expert. 

Another risk of managing your own pharmacy server is the potential for downtime or system failures. If your server goes down or experiences technical issues, your pharmacy’s operations could be disrupted, resulting in lost revenue and dissatisfied customers. And if you don’t have a proper backup and recovery plan in place, you could lose valuable data or face prolonged downtime. 

Wasted Effort 

In addition to these risks, managing your own pharmacy server can also require a significant amount of time and effort. You’ll need to purchase and maintain hardware and software, install and configure your server, monitor and manage your network, and keep up with the latest industry standards and regulations. This can take valuable time away from running your business and providing quality care to your patients. 

Hidden Costs 

You’ll also need to factor in hidden costs, such as licensing fees for software, ongoing maintenance and support costs. And if you experience any technical issues or need to upgrade your hardware or software, these costs can quickly add up. 

Corum’s Solution 

To avoid the risks outlined above, you should consider investing instead in Corum SafeGuard. With a SafeGuard system in your pharmacy, you can minimise these risks and ensure that your pharmacy’s data is secure, backed up, and compliant with Australian privacy principles and notifiable data breach legislation.  

Corum SafeGuard is a managed pharmacy server used as a dispense master, which also includes a cloud-first backup, disaster recovery, and archiving service. SafeGuard provides automatic backup of pharmacy dispensing and POS data and configuration files, with duplicate backup files stored both locally and off-site in cloud-hosted storage.  

SafeGuard Systems Enjoy the Following Benefits:  

Running Own Master

While managing your own pharmacy server may seem like a cost-effective solution, it’s important to consider the potential risks, time, effort, and hidden costs involved. With Corum SafeGuard, you can have peace of mind knowing that your pharmacy’s data is secure, compliant, and backed up, allowing you to focus on providing the best possible care to your patients.